Into the Wild
Into the Wild, a novel written by Jon Krakauer, reveals the journey of Christopher McCandless across the United States in search of a life that was different from what he had previously known. He set out on a journey in order to discover a way of life that was free of the material possessions his family held so dear. Chris graduated from Emory University and was described as a good student who achieved high grades, attained several academic awards and earned many accomplishments. His family seemed to have thought he would pursue graduate work and eventually had aspirations for him to become a lawyer. Throughout the novel, Chris is often described by those who knew him as a very bright and intelligent individual. He read often and used a robust vocabulary, frequently citing a wide variety of authors. Although many of the individuals he encountered on his journey were not exactly the most academically esteemed people, he was constantly characterized as being quite intellectually savvy. Although Chris was described as a bright young man, he often made decisions which severely contradicted his intelligence. There are several instances throughout his journey in which Chris makes foolish decisions that critically hurt his ability to survive in the wilderness. This paper examines these foolish decisions made by Chris in order to explain the reasons behind his inability to survive in the wild. Chris grew up in an upper middle class family. His father was financially successful and the family generally well off. Chris excelled early in school and was enrolled in advanced placement courses before college. Classes came easy to Chris; he excelled in a variety of courses and earned several academic accomplishments. “Chris brought home good grades…He didn’t get into trouble, he was a high achiever, he did what he was suppose to” (Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Doubleday, 1996.) He made Deans List and maintained nearly perfect grades throughout...
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